Wanted: Local Girl Scouts to Explore Arizona
Nature Conservancy event counts toward links for Girl Scout Badge
PHOENIX, AZ | April 25, 2013
The Nature Conservancy in Arizona encourages local Girl Scouts to explore Arizona on Saturday, May 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at five preserves around the state. The goal of “Explore Arizona with The Nature Conservancy” is to get young people outdoors and connected with nature.
A new Colorado College poll reveals Arizonans are worried children are not spending enough time outside. In fact, 86 percent say it’s a serious problem. Also, a Nature Conservancy survey shows 88 percent of youth spend time online everyday while 11 percent regularly spend time outdoors.
“We’re most surprised by the stark contrast in time spent online versus outdoors,” says Patrick Graham, the state director for the Conservancy in Arizona. “Youth are happier, healthier and smarter when they spend more time outdoors. Getting kids outdoors is a priority for us.”
The day of exploration includes water education highlighting where our water comes from, how water is shared and ways to conserve. Additionally, there will be a focus on conservation careers the young women can consider for their future. Hands-on activities include a wildlife scavenger hunt, a nature sense hike (share what they see, smell and hear), and a take home craft.
Girls who complete the day-long program will earn links that will count toward different Girl Scout Badges. They will go home with a Nature Conservancy patch.
“Explore Arizona with The Nature Conservancy” is happening on May 11 at the following locations:
- Shield Ranch, Camp Verde
- Muleshoe Ranch Preserve, Wilcox
- Hassayampa River Preserve, Wickenburg
- Ramsey Canyon Preserve, Hereford
- Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, Hereford
Girl Scouts can learn more and register by visiting: http://gsusa.ebiz.uapps.net/vp/ProgramActivitiesEvents
The Girl Scouts event is part of The Nature Conservancy's All Hands on Earth campaign which aims to build an active community for the environment and provide simple ways for people to get involved in creating a healthier Earth.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.